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Autumn Theatre Picks

25 October 2016

(Above: The Gruffalo, image copyright Tall Stories)

By Daniel Jenkins

With summer now a distant memory, the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer. So what better way to fill your evenings than with a trip to the theatre? Without further ado, from pantomimes to tragedies, musicals to comedies, here are our 2016 theatre picks for the autumn season…

If you’re looking for an exciting musical that ticks all of the right boxes, then look no further than The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre in the heart of London’s West End. With stunning choreography and a tremendous score, The Lion King has been wowing audiences all over the world since opening on Broadway in 1997.

For Pantomimes, the production company First Family Entertainment always offers a fantastic season of shows across the length and breadth of the UK, and Dick Whittington is set to open at the Milton Keynes Theatre in early December starring Britain’s Got Talent’s Kev Orkian and X Factor Finalist/I’m A Celebrity winner Stacey Solomon.

If drama is more what you’re looking for to while away the Autumnal evenings, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of King Lear ought to be exactly what you need. Transferring to the Barbican on 15th November, this production is directed by Gregory Doran and sees Anthony Sher taking centre stage in the title role of one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays.

If, on the other hand, a children’s show that’ll create plenty of laughter lines and heart-warming smiles is what you’re after, then why not take a look at this season’s schedule from Tall Stories. Featuring performances of The Snail and The Whale, The Gruffalo and other works inspired by the books of Julia Donaldson, Tall Stories are at the forefront of the children’s theatre scene in the UK.

With so much high-quality theatre to choose from across the country this December, there’s sure to be a show coming soon to a theatre near you. Book now to avoid disappointment.

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